Stones Throw's 11-11-11 event to spin 1,100 records in one night
On Nov. 11 (get it, 11-11-11?), the fedora-wearing founder of Stones Throw Records (born Chris Manak) is hosting a party in honor of numerical symmetry with a one-night-only event maestroed by 11 DJs for 11 straight hours at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. And by the way, that U-Haul's worth of records we just mentioned are all coming from his private collection of "favorite records" from a mixed bag of genres. And of course, in keeping with the theme of the night, it's even $11 to get in.
Spanning from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., this ultimate test of dance floor endurance is the latest and most impressive episode in the DJ/ label boss' ongoing numbers fetish. But considering the kind of talent he's brought with him in the past, by no means are we complaining.
Since 2006, Stones Throw has turned the day when all of the numbers on the calendar align into an excuse to hold a crate-digging marathon party session. Historically, each year has brought us a different theme, from goth and heavy metal music on 6-6-06, to Peanut Butter Wolf's nine-day string of L.A. and Orange County DJ gigs for 9-9-09. Last year, 10-10-10 resulted in another one-night only party in Downtown L.A. where a roster of 10 DJs, including Madlib, J. Rocc and Prince Paul, spun nothing but 45s for 10 hours straight.
A lineup of DJs for 11-11-11 has yet to be announced, though we're told that Peanut Butter Wolf won't be spinning the records this time, just hosting. Although it seems inevitable that with an arsenal of exactly 1,100 records to get through, he might have to pinch hit when one of his DJs eventually falls down from exhaustion.
-- Nate Jackson
Photo: Peanut Butter Wolf Credit: Jake Green